Coastal Shelf is Open for Submissions

Coastal Shelf is a brand-spanking-new online poetry and prose journal. The journal is currently looking for submissions and is paying authors $20 for their efforts.

Coastal Shelf editor Zebulon Huset

The journal is run by editor Zebulon Huset, who has over 20 years of experience working at other literary magazines. He started the journal to be different than other journals by a) paying the authors, and b) providing the authors with feedback.

And according to Authors Publish, Huset provides constructive feedback on every submission, along with personalized reading recommendations. He’ll even suggest other literary journals to try if you don’t get accepted.

If it’s not already clear that Coastal Shelf is all about helping authors, it’s also worth noting that they nominate their published authors for major literary awards. Awards such as The Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, Best American Fiction, Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, and other anthologies.

How to Submit to Coastal Shelf

The journal publishes twice a year in January and July. They are very selective and only publish 15 authors per issue.

In addition to this, Coastal Shelf accepts a limited number of fee-free submissions each month, and tip jar submissions throughout the month.

Here’s what Huset is looking for:

We like surprise here at Coastal Shelf. Not Shyamalanian twists or deus-ex-machinas, but surprises at every level of language. We like to laugh but don’t like groaners—usually.

We are okay with scratching our heads a bit at the end of a piece as long as the ride is good. That said, a good “greater observation couched in a short narrative” piece can be a recipe for success, but mostly—surprise us!

While we can certainly enjoy taboo subjects, they have to earn their opinion of the topic with splendid writing and, ultimately, a reason to address those subjects. Shock for shock’s sake holds no interest to us. 

The Requirements

Here’s what you need to know when submitting your work:

  • Poets are allowed to submit up to two poems of 80 lines or less.
  • Prose writers can submit one story containing 2,000 words or less.

The journal reads submissions blind, so don’t include any personal information on your work (only in the cover letter). Please submit online only. The editor tries to get back to everyone with two weeks.

Coastal Shelf accepts simultaneous submissions but asks authors to withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published pieces.

To view the full submission guidelines, click here.

Good luck to those who choose to submit. Please let me know if you got accepted in the comments below!

Stay safe, everyone.

Until next time.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


6 Responses

      1. I don’t know if I have something worth submitting. But right now, I’m reading the guidelines. Thank you so very much for the information. I really gotta go read all your posts, you have pretty cool stuff there. <3

      2. I’m sure you have something worth submitting! Either way, you never will know if you don’t try, and this guy seems like an excellent place to start.

        Awe! Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying my site. <3

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